Practicum & Internship Opportunities
Outside Magazine highlighted the Environmental Studies Program and Southern Oregon University as number twenty in their "top forty universities to learn, live, work, and play."
Our field-oriented curriculum takes advantage of the unique environmental setting of our region and provides opportunities to work with local agencies.Southern Oregon, with its Klamath and Cascade Mountains and interior valleys, is an ideal location for studying and experiencing a variety of environmental issues, including water resources, endangered species, timber, natural hazards, and urban growth issues. In addition, the city of Ashland provides a small-town atmosphere complete with various recreational opportunities, including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, skiing, hiking, climbing and kayaking.
Environmental Studies Practicum & Internship Opportunities
The ES program encourages and gives academic credit for work experiences with local environmental agencies and organizations. Opportunities include working with the USDA, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service (Crater Lake), local watershed councils, Jackson County, local city and county planning departments, state and federal agencies, and local environmental organizations. Practicum, internship and work-study experiences with the Environmental Studies program lead to contacts and job offers upon graduation.
The following quote from a local land management agency representative illustrates the philosophy of the Environmental Studies degree:
"We use a team approach in natural resource management. Our scientists rarely work independently from other science or social science disciplines. We look for employees who are comfortable with the concepts from a variety of disciplines and can work together on complex resource-related projects." (Bureau of Land Management)
To begin the process of setting up Practicum or Internship, students should:
- Register for ES 409 Practicum credits or ES 498 Internship credits as directed by your advisor.
- After registering, you must complete and submit to the following forms to the Internship Coordinator:
- Student Internship Application (must be signed by student, employer, and certificate coordinator if applicable)
- Student Agreement (must be signed by student)
- Host Site Agreement(must be signed by employer)
Students may not start counting practicum or internship hours until the three forms above are submitted and approved by the ES Chair.
Here is a list of previous practicum and internship experiences of ES students.
|Project Type||Cooperating Agency/Organization|
Jackson County Health Department
|Land use planning|
|Coho inventory, recovery||
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Poplar trees, water reclamation|
|Noxious weed removal|
|North Mountain Park stewardship|
Bear Creek Watershed Council Education Partners
|North Mountain Park|
|Ground water data analysis||
Jackson County, WISE Project
|Geology field mapping|
|Earthquake public awareness|
|Geology of North Mountain Park|
|Rural and urban surface water quality||
Jackson County and local cities
|Water quality data analysis|
|Watershed analysis field work|
|Urban growth, agriculture||
Rogue Valley Council of Governments
|Urban growth issues support|